It’s been another difficult year to make plans for the end of term too far ahead and the onset of the new Omicron variant meant that we regrettably felt we had to adapt our plans once again. At the heart of all our decision making was the aim to make the run up to Christmas as enjoyable as possible for our current students without putting them, staff or their parents/carers at risk of cancelled family plans this holiday.
For that reason, we made the difficult decision to cancel our normal Senior Prizegiving event which typically sees over 400 students, ex-students, their parents/carers and visitors gathering from all over the country. Instead, we rapidly adapted the event into one for our current Year 12 and a selection of Year 13 students and staff and recorded the event for parents/carers to access.
Other events including our carol concert for existing students and a limited number of guests, all masked and with LFTs completed, went ahead, whilst all other events were kept within year and form groups.
It’s worth noting how adaptable staff and students have been with online talent shows, a virtual staff pantomime and form parties planned for the last day: all making the most of the opportunities afforded by good planning and strategic use of technology. We feel like we have struck the right balance and hope you do too: certainly, covid positive cases this side of Christmas have remained reassuringly low.
With thanks for your continued support and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy 2022!
From 14 December, a new national approach to daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 has been introduced. All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not – should take an LFD test every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Children under five years old do not need to take part in daily testing for contacts of COVID-19 and do not need to isolate.
Once notified by Test and Trace as a close contact, all eligible staff, pupils and students are strongly recommended to take a LFD each day for 7 days and report the results through the online reporting system and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend school. Outside of school, they should continue to follow national guidance. This approach should also be adopted over the Christmas holiday and on return in January.
High School Christmas Traditions Return
Students were excited to see the return of one of the High School’s best Christmas traditions - the Christmas lunch - complete with staff serving the lunches, table decorating competitions and Christmas Music. Many thanks to Mrs Parrott and her team who provided delicious lunches for over 450 students.
Students in Year 9 enjoying their Christmas Lunches and wearing their Christmas jumpers
Christmas at KSHS
Year 7 form prefects decorated the Christmas tree ready to welcome guests to the Christmas Concert last week. This year all students and staff were able to take a decoration and write a message remembering lost loved ones this Christmas.
Year 12 students are recognised for their GCSE success
St Denys’ church played host to the first joint Carre’s and Kesteven and Sleaford High School Year 12 and 13 awards ceremony this week in an event adapted from the usual Senior Prizegiving event. Congratulations to students who received subject prizes as well as their GCSE certificates. Ruth Fuller provided the introductory music and Jinx – our excellent acapella group gave performances too. A recording of the event will be made available to parents/carers and students on the schools You Tube channel.
Please keep an eye on our vacancies page in the New Year for an exciting Senior Leadership Team opportunity.
Christmas Jumper Day
Your combined efforts raised £377.50 for Save the Children – many thanks for your support.
Staff are invited to nominate students who have demonstrated a Growth Mindset in the past few weeks. This might have been in lessons, in clubs, in tutor time or simply around school. Please note we already award bi-annual subject badges and merits for good academic work, effort and improvement...
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We know this festive period may be particularly difficult for many. We have been working on the 5 ways to wellbeing in our Wellbeing Wednesday sessions and also considered the gift of ‘giving’. We thought it would be helpful to send some tips for the festive period for all our families...
On Thursday 2 December History students in Year 12 and 13 visited the Tower of London. We were welcomed at the Tower by a historian who specialises in the reign of Henry VI. The students were given an overview of the development of Tower through history and then were led on a personalised tour.
As Young Journalists, we write articles on all subjects, and we interview teachers, students, and visitors for their fascinating opinions. We meet every Thursday during Break 2 to discuss projects and edit our articles.
Congratulations to both our Intermediate and Senior teams who took part in the national Rotary Club Youth Speaks debate competitions last week, pictured are our Year 9 Intermediate team Hannah May, Emily and Tilly.
Students across all key stages were given the opportunity to create a Christmas card. The card could be made using any media and the winning entry, if chosen would be printed and sent out to friends of the school.
The Christmas Holiday is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. Creating the right atmosphere to settle down to read in, can really improve the quality of our reading experiences, whilst dedicating time each day to reading is proven to be good for our mental health; Heartrates lower as we transport ourselves into somebody else’s story for a while, our minds are focused but calm, absorbed and fulfilled. The following recipe might help our students with their reading routines this Christmas.
Set aside a dedicated read and relax time- every day if possible
Find a comfy cosy spot to settle down in (Cushions and blankets optional)
Quiet and calm is the aim- this is do not disturb time
Remove temptation- Leave your phone switched off AND, in another room
Get the light right- either natural or lamp. Candles and fairy lights can add to the ambience
Pets may wish to join you (though cats particularly can get jealous of books and try to distract you)
Comforting beverages- hot chocolate works very well here
A book. Paperback, hardback, eBook, fiction, nonfiction, short story, anthology, biography, Manga, a series- new, old, or borrowed
Time to curl up and read. Try at least half an hour every day
Access to books over the holiday
Many students are now stocked up with library books or have renewed their books until after the holiday, and I know that many are hoping for books and book tokens in their stockings. Here though are some alternative ways to access good quality reading material whilst schools are closed.
Students all have a log in for the eBook App Wheelers. This is a fantastic free resource specifically curated for school age readers. If any student has forgotten their log in details, a reminder email has been sent out with guidelines
A visit to a local library is a great way to access a County wide collection. Joining and borrowing is free. Please be aware of festive opening hours and check on the websites for details
Rearranging a bookshelf can remind us of books that we had forgotten we had- discovering an old favourite for a nostalgic re read is always time well spent
And finally- as we all unwind and maybe enjoy some time together in front of the television, remember the Bookflix Challenge- The chances are it was a great book long before it made it onto the screen.
Happy reading and Happy Christmas
Learning Resource Centre Manager
New Library Opening hours from January 2022
PTA fundraising - Amazon Smile
The school PTA are raising funds by registering with Amazon Smile. Every time you shop on Amazon a small amount of money is added to the PTA account, raising money for the school projects which benefit all students. Thank you for your support.